Eating disorders are thought to result from a process where people become intensely concerned with their shape and weight, and judge themselves based largely on this. This then results in the symptoms we often associate with the eating disorders, such as strict control over eating, maintenance of an abnormally low body weight, seeing oneself as fat, excessive exercising or forced vomiting to reduce calorie intake, and over-eating or binge episodes.
These patterns of thinking, feeling, body weight and eating habits can cause people to have multiple physical problems, constant preoccupation with weight, shape and eating, and frequent distress.
Treatment for Eating Disorders
At the practice we provide one of the leading evidence based treatments for eating disorders, CBT-E, developed by Christopher Fairburn and his colleagues. The evidence shows that about two thirds of people who complete treatment make an excellent response2.Due to practical limitations we do not provide treatment to clients who meet criteria for anorexia nervosa, and usually refer these clients to other services so they may receive the best treatment possible.
2 Fairburn, Christopher G. (2008). Cognitive behavior therapy and eating disorders. New York: Guilford Press.